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Turkish Wedding Traditions and Customs


❶Even today in some regions the prospective bridegroom is not present at the time of this ceremony. Any man who could knock the milk bottle off the roof could ask for the daughters hand in marriage.

The Milk Bottle on the Rooftop

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The culture makes a large difference in the type of marriage ceremony and how the bride is courted. Turkish wedding traditions also include some marriages where husband and wife are determined after they are born, and there are some marriages still where a sister-in-law may step in as wife for a sister who is deceased. Traditionally, marriages lasted 40 days and 40 nights, but have been reduced in most cases to 3 regardless of the religion or culture.

Marriage is considered one of the most important unions in Islam, and what happens at a Turkish Muslim wedding ceremony is both beautiful and spiritual.

Turkish wedding customs still follow some of the customary Muslim practices. Talking to Turkish men if the woman is also Turkish and neither of them are Westernized does not involve dating. There are occasions where Turkish couples can meet, such as at school or work, but when talking to Turkish men, they do not date. Another example of what happens at a Turkish Muslim wedding ceremony is the way the bride and groom dress at the ceremony. They have adopted Westernized styles of dressing including tuxedos and white Turkish wedding dresses.

Turkish wedding rings are used during the ceremony and are also called puzzle rings. Traditional Turkish wedding rings consist of four, six, eight or twelve interlocking rings that require a mechanical puzzle to put together. The purpose for these rings is that if a spouse cheats, they must take off the ring and the ring must be reassembled in order for the wearer to put it back on.

More contemporary puzzle rings have three, five or seven interlocking rings. Wedding etiquette depends on how traditional or modern the wedding is. If the wedding is conservative or traditional, women should wear long sleeves to cover their arms and long dresses or skirts to cover their legs and ankles.

Wedding etiquette for men is to dress in a formal shirt and pants the same as in a Western wedding. Turkish wedding dresses are white with a veil and head covering, much like Western counterparts. This carried on until late afternoon when it was time to get ready for the big party.. Typically, wedding parties are held in the late evenings, and can go on until the early hours of the morning.

In this case, it was the school yard directly opposite their house. It seems so bizarre to me to hold a party in a school playground, when we think of traditional British wedding receptions, they are held in fancy halls or venues, all beautifully decorated tables and chairs, balloons, seating plans, perhaps a buffet or meal, and plenty of alcohol flowing.

This was not the case here at all. Everyone was sitting on plastic garden chairs, hired from the local council, there was no food, no alcohol, not many decorations. It was all very simple, yet completely bonkers at the same time.

The bride and grooms close family and friends stood up and lit some sparklers, held them in the air and formed a little walkthrough archway with their arms, the bride and groom arrived and walked hand in hand through them, it all looked quite romantic with the sparklers!

Small fireworks were lit in the background and they then had their first dance, a typical slow dance, and then other couples started to join in.

After the first dance, the real party begins. Loud drums, all kinds of musical instruments, live music and singing and A LOT of dancing. The dancing goes on all night and is crazy, traditional Turkish dancing. After a while, it was time to bring out the cake. The cake was HUGE , 7 tiers yet still nowhere near enough to go around all the guests and had yet more fireworks lit on top. Just before we went, the dancing was put on hold for a while and the bride and groom stood at the front of the seating area with ribbons draped around their shoulders.

Guests are expected to pin money or gold coins to the ribbon, instead of giving presents. Each person that pinned money on got a photo taken with the bride and groom and then went back to their dancing. It was very different to any wedding I have ever been to before, but it was an experience to say the least. How odd that I am just about to do a post about Turkish village weddings, and how I dislike them! I might link to this post Danni, so my followers can read your views.

Going to my first Turkish wedding this weekend. Again at the school — will no doubt find it completely crazy as well! Thanks for sharing your experience with going to a turkish wedding. Looks fantastic with the big wedding cake, the fine dress etc. I would love to go to a turkish wedding, but have only seen snapshots from a wedding held in a small street, where there were quite an audience; It also looked amazing. The cake and dress were very beautiful! I started to read your blog two days ago.

I will move to Turkey soon, but I had the chance until now to live there almost 7 months. I am from Romania, but I am crazy about Turkey.

I attented 7 wedding receptions: Of course, it was a different experience, in Romania the weddings are much more complicated and they start at about 8: Wish you good luck in all your activities:

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Many visitors and travellers in Turkey find themselves at a Turkish wedding. This guide shows you how to do weddings properly and how not to make embarrassing mistakes.

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